Keynote Presenter

Keynote PresentationLoretta
Monday, June 12, 2017 12:15 p.m.

Loretta J. Ross is one of the creators of the theory of “Reproductive Justice,” and a nationally renowned speaker and writer on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights and violence against women. She was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012, National Co-Director of the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC, Founder of the National Center for Human Rights Education in the 1990s, Director of the Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women in the 1980s, and one of the first African Women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s. She has written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism, including as co-author of the award-winning Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004. She has been interviewed on CNN, BET, ABC, the New York Times, On the Issues, and The Washington Post.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from her, learn from her, and engage with her at this year’s CAIA Conference!

Using Human Rights to End Violence Against Women to Achieve Intersectionality

Human rights are a sturdy, comprehensive framework with which to address the complex intersectional violences women face such as economic, interpersonal, racial, immigrant, reproductive, gender-based, etc. By re-envisioning violence against women as human rights violations, we can situate remedies in the global movement and attract new allies to the struggle.

Loretta will also host a workshop on Tuesday, June 13 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., titled Appropriate Whiteness in our Movement to End Violence Against Women.